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talks to solve the political crisis in yemen get under way in the capital ^ here under way in the capital talks to solve the political crisis in yemen get ^ here under way in the capital sanaa this is al jazeera live from doha. 40 killed in a stampede outside a football stadium in public prosecutor orders an investigation. plus i'm in india, where australian voters and workers - what they think of their prime minister on a day he must survive a vote of no confidence
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in his leadership we tell you why the biggest award ceremony if music was not just all song and dance. yemen - they are trying to solve the political crisis. they have withdrawn, but the talks are continuing. on friday the houthi rebels took power. many regions in the east and south, including aden rejected the houthi declaration, and the tribes threaten to stop oil production and cut you have electricity if they enforce the rule across the country. meanwhile in sanaa, former president abd-rabbu mansour hadi, the prime minister and five ministers are under house arrest. it's been 20 days.
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mohammed is an advisor to the former prime minister. he joins us from london. what are the chances that the talks get anywhere. >> well it looks - it will be difficult to continue such talk as it was before because they are under duress. mostly they cannot speak their mind. houthis are harassing them and bullying them. it was worth considering moving such talks or deliberations somewhere. adden, people talk freely. the houthis are trying to push their way. and they could not achieve through. coup by means of enforcing others to accept what they want off their plans.
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this is - you say the talks need to be on neutral crowned. wouldn't it be better to get the talks out of the country completely. getting on to completely neutral ground. >> you are correct. we hit the nail on the head. i mentioned that on previous interviews. they met the u.n. secretary-general ban ki-moon. i said why - i was an ambassador. why doesn't he move. a better sort of venue where people can speak their mind and reach the end without all this. these people are, you know a transom, and we are dealing with sala for the former dictator and the hench men and new
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recruits. i think it's just normal criminals who address and we cannot deal with people the way they are dealing with us in this day and time. can the u.n. broker the talks. is it in a position. the envoy returned from competitions in saudi arabia. no one yet has spoken to iran - spoken to about this. >> i think there is. iranian ambassador is involved in some of the meetings now, amongst the u.s. ambassador the u.k. ambassador. i think the iranians had been involved but it's whether the iranians are serious about moving things forward, the question of you and security council, we have not seen the stick until now. we are only seeing the carrot.
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ban ki-moon had a strong statement, and the former test the houthis should be responsibility for derailing the political settlement. sala spoke last night. it was critical this is not the truth, we are not interfering at all. al jazeera came out with the text where sala was just giving orders and shots for the way they have moved on 20th january. i think the u.n. security council has got. we are now expecting them to meet on tuesday, and i think they have to drive the message to the people. so they mean what they say, and say what they mean. >> you talk about him being a dictator it's a step down. the people that took to the streets, how do they feel about what happened in that country. do they feel let down by the
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international community for not doing more to prevent what is happened. >> you are might. my friend. very much disappointed with the international community dealing with us in an approach of what we call - they let us down. we depended on them. it was a situation of an albion what do you call it where people are let down it depends on them and they have specially the president, i was speaking with one of the president's aides, and he was critical. he is in a bad - you know condition. and in spite of them the houthis wouldn't allow him to love the country, and he needs medical care for that. not only us in the country, but regional apartments now, and the
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security council, they do feel that the special community has not delivered responsibility towards the situation. >> thank you for talking to us. investigations have been launched in egypt into a stampede outside a football stadium that left three dead. most of those killed were fans of a team playing against empi. we have more. >> reporter: football fans tried to get into the stadium, coming to watch a match. some of them without tickets. the police tried to control the crowds without barricades when that didn't work they fired tear gas. >> suddenly they told us to get out. they fired tear gas, causing
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panic and people fell on top of each other. there were old people in the crowd, and they were crushed by the fans. those that managed to leave were confronted by the police. >> reporter: in the confusion many fell down and were trampeled. zamalek called what happened a massacre by the police. officials say the police officers were overwhelmed. they said in a statement: relations between security and football fans have been testy tips the 2011 revolution. football supporters were part of the demonstrations. the muslim brotherhood were accused of being involved. ? in short... >> this is something that
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happened on purpose. they meant to insult the police. the problem is that they are the branches. as accusations fly, relatives and friends of those killed are now in mourning. >> translation: people are dying every day. we came for a wedding, instead we are here for a funeral. >> egyptians no stranger to football violence in 2012, 74 died. fans stormed the pitch and attacked rival supporters. 21 people were sentenced to death for their part informant violence. the egyptian football federation handed out a 3-year ban for those attending the game. the egyptian government postponed matches indefinitely. >> now to iraq where the army is preparing to launch a major ground offensive to retake territory from the islamic state
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of iraq and levant. the u.s. envoy says the operation will begin in the coming weeks. general john allen says american forces are training iraqi forces. with the help of international help. >> two bombings in the iraqi capital killed 20, injuring 48 others. a suicide bomber targeted a square. one went off on a main street. both happened in predominantly shia neighbourhoods. it's the second set of bombings following the lifting of a curfew in baghdad. >> armed men shot dead a member of the parliament in somalia's capital mogadishu. he was killed when he was leaving his house on the way to parliament. there has been a series of fatal attacks, targetting politicians. the armed group killed five parliamentarians in the past year. that attack came as security is being stepped up in mogadishu
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for mps gathering to vote on a new cabinet. parliament rejected the list of candidates presented by the new prime minister australia prime minister is determine to do better after surviving a no confidence vote. tony abbott kept his job, but only just. andrew thomas looks at why his popularity slumped. tony pallas lives and works at restoring cars in tony abbott's constituency. he voted for the prime minister in 2013 but has become disillusioned. >> quite disappointed because of the policies you know that he pushed and come up with you know. >> pallas is not the only one, many in tony abbott's party have lost faith in him. in canberra on monday he faced a
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chastenning experience, a vote of no confidence. he survived but it was less than a convincing win. 61 colleagues supported him, but 39 voted against him. >> i accept that the last years have been difficult weeks for the government. but, they've also been difficult weeks for the australian people. difficult, more so than people expect and deserve, they expect a government getting on with the job. i am confident that we have put this behind us. i'm confident that as of today we are back at work for the people of australia. >> reporter: but abbott may yet face another challenge. it's reminiscent of the power struggles of the previous government when julia gillard took over from kevin rudd only to see him win his job back three years later on a second attempt. tony abbott's popularity is due to his style.
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some complain he doesn't consult, facing falls prices for australian export commodities, superintendent economic downturn abbott struggled to get important cost-cutting legislation through parliament and had to backtrack on fees seeing doctors, and scrap a paid parental lee proposal that critics argued rich over the poor. last month abbott gave a high accolade not to a distinguished australian but prince philip husband of the queen. australians were bemused. >> i couldn't believe it. i didn't laugh. i was surprised. and shocked. >> tony abbott needs people like tony pallas to be behind him. they are not. most answers vote for the current government if they good. the overwhelming majority don't want tag ot as prime minister.
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unless they can turn around opinions, many think they end the speculation. and it delays the inevitable. >> here on al jazeera. greece's new prime minister lays out the plans. how will he pay for it. boxed in at boko haram. we meet the local men defending the nigerian city of maiduguri.
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jazeera. peace talks in yemen are under way to find a solution to the political crisis. negotiations brokered by the u.n. envoy come three days after houthi leaders took power in a coup. one party has withdrawn. egypt's public prosecutor ordered an investigation into a stampede outside a football stadium. police used tear gas to break up the crowd. 40 people were killed. u.s. envoy leading the coalition says that iraqi troops will begin a ground offensive to take back territory. the all the will begin in the coming weeks. greece's new prime minister says there are plans to roll back on the country's programme. the parliament was told they want to raise the minimum wage. we have this report from athens.
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>> alexis tsipras was elected on an anti-austerity programme, one appearing to face him at odds with the east of the eurozone. he stayed true to that policy. the break people gave a strong and clear mandate to end austerity. the catastrophic change of policies. consequently the bailout was cancelled by the failure, and its destructive results. this is effectively over. they refused to meet expectors or receive money from them. he wanted up toism months to negotiate. >> we will say it again and again. greece wants to service its debt. if our apartment wants it too. they can join us at the table to
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find a way to make it viable. >> part of those talks is to review how and when greece pays back a debt of 350 billion. >> austerity will never allow greece to pay back the depth. there's a better formula for paying the debt. income fell 45%, and a million people are below the poverty line. >> to be viable during negotiations, the greek government needs prime ministers to raise 11 million from the market. it has a chance to present it at the us open meeting. >> it's the right time to hear from the greek government what the proposal is and the first round debate. i don't expect conclusions, it
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takes time. it will take time. we'll have the first round of constructive debates next wednesday. >> reporter: the new greek government insists on maintaining a balanced government. but rejegements taxes and insists on a higher minimum wage. meaning the debates will be difficult a date for the retrial for al jazeera journalists mohamed fadel fahmy and baher mohamed, who have spend 408 days in an egyptian prison. they are accused of supporting the outlawed muslim brotherhood. charges that they and al jazeera deny. mohamed fadel fahmy's family released a statement over a deal made with prosecutors, saying he gave up his egyptian citizenship to be deported to his home in canada. but they have not met their side of the agreement. the canadian government expressed disappointment over the decision to keep mohamed fadel fahmy behind bars.
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in a statement canada's junior foreign affairs ministers said: hundreds of people marched through the capital of bangladesh a city that is getting worse since a transport blockade began. university professors gathered in dhaka for a sit in. the the blockade was called by the opposition leader south sudan is on the brink of a food crisis food and agricultural organization warning that food stocks could run out next month in some
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areas, where fighting has been disrupting farming. almost $100,000 fled to u.n. bases since fighting between rival forces began a year ago. the nigeria city of maiduguri has come under attacks by boko haram fighters trying to get control of it. it's in the country's north-east. they are trying to secure it before holding elections. people say they can't rely on the army to keep them safe. akmed idris it in maiduguri, and met some of the local men defending the city. >> for three years, these members of the militia helped to stop boko haram from taking maiduguri. but at a huge cost. more than a dozen were killed. they were poorly arm. they say the government strategy needs to change.
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>> people attack and we are always afraid. if with the little we have if we attack them we could attack us. >> reporter: for now the city is safe. but boxed in by boko haram from all directions. >> lots of people move over. and some of them are embarrassed. some of them are in houses. we have more than 1.5 million. you see the city is chopped up. >> reporter: after five years of suffering residents say they have had enough.
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the last line of defense. if we are going to arrest it we call boko haram. >> reporter: boko haram is determined to take maiduguri. it is a place of the insurgency and various military form ailses it could be crucial to their efforts. they need six weeks d with the help of multinational forces paving the way for safe elections. residents have heard such promises before and all the while boko haram grew bold and deadlier. for now they say it is their destiny in their own hands, and the city will be their last files
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the u.n.'s nuclear watchdog says contaminated water leaking from a fukushima nuclear plant is a challenging issue. the international atomic energy agency is looking at reports to decommission the plant, which was dodged in a tsunami in 2011. tetco was criticized with its handseling of radio -- handling of radioactive leaks into the ocean it former president anwar is hoping to be cleared of sodomy charms. it is politicy motivated. the case divided public and political opinion. >> reporter: this is anwar ibrahim. he has been walking in and out of court for over a decade trying to clear his name. his previous acquittal was overturned in march. now guilty of sodomy and sentenced to prison for five years, he's been on bail
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tending to the final appeal. allegations of sodomy were raised already falling out with the ruling party and being removed from office. it was 1997 he was the deputy prime minister. he spent several years in gaol in 2004 when he was released. he is charismatic and divisive figure in politics. supporters believe the government will be concerned if anwar clears his name. >> as long as the case is pending, he wouldn't be able to focus 100% in leading the country to a change. he is still seen as the most significant political leader bringing this country to a better place. >> reporter: he has been a traditionally popular figure among the young people and those disa-affected with a government for the past 20 years. speaking about the change
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thousands are willing to listen to him at gatherings like this in the capital. >> if our future leaders - if i'm not going to be here to help them. defend them. who else will be here. >> no one has written his obituary just yet. if he goes to gaol will the opposition fragment. if he is finally acquitted, will the clean bill of political health enbolden the opposition. it's this court that will have the final say on anwar's future. whatever the decision it's inevitable that a new chapter is about to be written in the anwar ibrahim story. changing direction on malaysian politics and the reaction of its people to this event.
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now completely different, british sijer song wish -- singer songwriter sam smith enjoyed a great night at the grammy awards. taking home two awards. >> reporter: it's music's biggest night and the big winner at the 57th grammy awards was british soul singer sam smith. his ballad was song of the year. the 22-year-old break-out proxer won best new artist and best pop vocal album. >> thank you, it's the best night of my life. a quick call. the man who the record is about, who i fell in love with last year thank you so much for breaking my heart, because you got me four grammy's. >> it wasn't exactly a clean sweep. top trophy for album of the year
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went to american rocker. >> we made the record at my house for the most part. i'd like to thank my kids for letting me wait a bit extra longer. >> los angeles scintillated with other notable performances. many dominated the music industry for decades. but there was a sombre undertone. singer katy perry attempted up with the u.s. precedent to sign the shot on domestic violence. it has to stop. artists have a unique power to change minds and attitudes thinking and talking about what matters. a grammy's mod to music with a
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message if you like the style and top of the news bulletin take a look at the new-look website. it's a unique glimpse into a relationship with a palestinian store owner and african-american customers. it's worth reading that too. mousse [ ♪♪ ] hello, i'm gis richard gizbert, and you are at "listening post". greece round 2. last week we looked at the domestic story, this week, what
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